from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several woodland plants of the genus Hepatica, especially H. americana of eastern North America, having three-lobed leaves and white or lavender flowers. Also called liverleaf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the herbaceous plants in the genus Hepatica of the buttercup family, notably the common hepatica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of pretty spring flowers closely related to Anemone; squirrel cup.
  • n. Any plant, usually procumbent and mosslike, of the cryptogamous class Hepaticæ; -- called also scale moss and liverwort. See Hepaticæ, in the Supplement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The liverleaf, Anemone Hepatica (Hepatica triloba). The old genus Hepatica of Dillenius may be regarded as a subgenus of Anemone.
  • n. Any liverwort; a cryptogamic plant of the family Hepaticœ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a common liverwort
  • n. any of several plants of the genus Hepatica having three-lobed leaves and white or pinkish flowers in early spring; of moist and mossy subalpine woodland areas of north temperate regions


Middle English epatica, liverwort, from Medieval Latin hēpatica, from feminine of Latin hēpaticus, of the liver; see hepatic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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